Evergreen House is a new 16,400 SF Memory Care facility with 24 units designed for Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina in Summerville, SC. The design encourages engagement and activity among residents by promoting hobbies and giving residents purpose. The living room / dining room serves dual functions and for larger group activities. Built-in shelving includes cart storage for residents to help with setting places for meals and easy, after meal clean-up. Stations were designed that are tailored to hobbies and interests. These include tools, music, arts & crafts, and flower arranging. In addition, residents can find a sense of normalcy with a laundry room that includes space for residents to wash / dry, fold, iron, and hang clothes. The enclosed outdoor courtyard includes a circular path for resident pacing and raised flower beds for gardening. Additional spaces include a game room, salon, and spa.
The resident rooms were strategically designed in a pod configuration for easy way-finding, instead of long corridors, to reduce dead ends and better create a continuous path for pacing which is common for memory care residents. Through the addition of pod-specific colors, our team created a neighborhood identity with the specific neighborhood color continuing into the resident rooms. The colors are evident in the paint color, carpet, and artwork in the pod. In each room, the pod color is incorporated in the resident room through an accent wall and a mosaic wall behind the toilet. The rooms are designed with headwalls that face the en-suite bathroom creating a clear line of sight — which is further enhanced with a frosted glass barn door and toilet visually labelled on the door in large print. By keeping the resident rooms in neighborhood pods, our team was able to create layers of privacy for residents.